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Baku, Azerbaijan

Architect Zaha Hadid has described her Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan as an "incredible achievement" while project architect Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu said the project expressed the "soft, romantic side" of Azeri culture.

The centre, which contains exhibition spaces, a library, a museum and concert venues, is set in a public plaza, the ground of which rises up to form the building's wave-like shell.

The Heydar Aliyev Center is the first architecture project to have won the overall title of Design of the Year in the Design Museum's annual awards, for which Dezeen is media partner.

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